Update: The solution described below still works using Amarok 2.3 under Ubuntu 10.10.
Having recently switched from Kubuntu to Ubuntu (from KDE to GNOME if you prefer), one of the first programs that I missed was Amarok!
I like keeping up to date with the latest releases, so I decided to go ahead and install Amarok 2 on my new Ubuntu 9.04 system..
Of course I started with the amarok package. You can find it or Synaptic or by Terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install amarok
I was prompted to download all the required dependencies and I did. Amarok was successfully installed, or so I thought!
I could run Amarok and I imported my music. I was then asked by the system to install a few extra packages in order to be able to play some restricted file types, like mp3. It all looked fine!
But to my disappointment, when trying to play a file I couldn’t listen to any music! I checked my system’s sound configuration and it all seemed OK. I was able to play the files on other multimedia players, listen to music on Firefox, etc.
To solve this problem, I needed to download and install two additional packages: libxine1-ffmpeg and phonon-backend-xine. Again you can find these on Synaptic, or just type in the Terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg phonon-backend-xine
Now Amarok is working like a charm!
I know lots of users have complaints and demands from version 2, since version 1.4 was such a successful one. Amarok 1.4 was probably the best music player on the market. No matter what other player you compare it to, from any operating system.
I belong to that group of users too. Am hoping the developers of Amarok take user’s suggestions into consideration and implement all the neat stuff that made us love Amarok into newer releases. I believe this is already happening with the 2.1 release that was announced on June 3, 2009..